encoding


verb (used with object), en·cod·ed, en·cod·ing.

  1. to convert (a message, information, etc.) into code.

verb (tr)

  1. to convert (a message) from plain text into code
  2. computing to convert (characters and symbols) into a digital form as a series of impulsesCompare decode (def. 2)
  3. to convert (an electrical signal) into a form suitable for transmission
  4. to convert (a nerve signal) into a form that can be received by the brain
  5. to use (a word, phrase, etc, esp of a foreign language) in the construction appropriate to it in that language
v.

1919, from en- (1) “make, put in” + code. Computing sense is from 1955, usually shortened colloquially to code. Related: Encoded; encoding.

n.

  1. The first of three stages in the memory process, involving processes associated with receiving or registering stimuli through one or more of the senses and modifying that information.

  1. To specify the genetic code for the synthesis of a protein molecule or a part of a protein molecule.

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